Movement Martial Arts

We focus on movement martial arts at Arundel Aikikai. In our training we explore the core movement mechanics and principles which make martial arts effective. Students train to connect to their bodies and their strength, to move with structure and shape, and to remain centered throughout motion.

These core principles are introduced and taught through Aikido. The goal of Aikido is to place students in control of their space. The martial art of Aikido focuses on entering attacks, blending with force, and redirecting opponents. Students learn the mechanics of striking, deflecting, and blending with their hands and with weapons.  Students practice with single partners and against multiple attackers.  Ultimately, students will learn to move effectively between martial arts techniques; to fully own the space between attack and defense.  This focus on movement mechanics gives Aikido students unlimited responses to infinite attacks.

Martial Arts Movement

We work to be a martial arts movement.  The benefits of martial arts training should not be locked behind abusive doors or kept for expensive commitments. The training to feel safe in who you are and where you are should not have unnecessary barriers. You don't need to wear matching uniforms to learn martial arts, and you don't need to be yelled at to learn martial arts.  There's joy in training, and this should be accessible to students. If you are interested in experiencing martial arts without meanness, you are interested in our martial arts movement!


We hold regular evening martial arts classes in Aikido.  Classes are usually 90 minutes and involve stretching, tumbling exercises, connection drills, and technical exploration of various martial arts moments.  Such moments can be responses to punches or kicks, movement around throws and locks, weapons techniques on offense or defense, or situational awareness in responding to multiple attackers.  Martial arts classes are taught with enthusiasm and joy, and are open to all skill levels and experience.


Our self-defense programming shares the goals of our martial arts training; placing students in control of their space. Self-defense lessons with Arundel Aikikai follow a common core curriculum which is adapted to meet student needs. Attention is given to the unique goals and situations of each student.  Curriculum and instruction methods are trauma-informed in their development and delivery, and training is accompanied by coaching in how students might practice content on their own. Lessons are available in private or small-group sessions, and are an excellent way to learn martial arts curriculum on your own terms. 


Our empowerment seminars connect participants to meaningful insights and experiences designed to connect participants to their own solutions - regardless of their challenges. You Defense empowerment self-defense seminars challenge you to understand your situations while connecting you to your solutions empowered by your strengths. Movement You balance and movement seminars amplify your exercise routines with martial arts movement concepts, empowering you to meet your movement and balance challenges. 


Christian Noll is the founder of Arundel Aikikai, and it\'s instructor. He has been training in the martial art of Aikido since 2007. He began training in Aikido at Aikido of Annapolis, a member of Capital Aikikai.  In 2010 he had the chance to provide regular cross-training sessions in Aikido to students at an Annapolis area sport-style Tae Kwon Do studio beginning in in 2010. By 2011 this had grown to include a dedicated Aikido class. In 2014 - After several years of growth and gains, Arundel Aikikai, LLC was formed out of this class. Christian currently holds the rank of shodan in Aikido through Capital Aikikai. In addition to teaching regular classes for Aikido students and cross training classes for Tae Kwon Do students, Christian has taught several Aikido-focused weapons seminars for Tae Kwon Do groups and camps.

Christian first began training in martial arts in 1999 in a classical/non-sport hard-style Tae Kwon Do with Chung Do Kwan USA, with whom he currently holds the rank of sandan. Training in this style created his emphasis on honest practicality in training.  The ongoing interpretation and examination of the style\'s 21 forms, one-step sparring, and other drills designed to test the material with partners created a great platform to appreciate the partner drills of Aikido.

Christian teaches martial arts courses at the collegiate level and provides empowerment-focused self-defense trainings.  These courses are grounded in research and enriched by his academic and professional experiences.  From obtaining a Master\'s Degree in Conflict Resolution to completing a certificate in human services, learning about the strength of empowered communities has been inspirational.  From extensive front-line work experience in emergency medical response to mental health case-management, seeing the impact of our relationships at their worst has been a strong motivator.


Aikido martial arts classes are held in the main building of the Severna Park Community Center, located at 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146. Check with the amazing front desk staff at the community center if you have questions or concerns when you arrive. They will be happy to assist you. 

Budgeting additional time for travel and parking is always recommended, and Google Maps GPS and/or the Waze App for traffic alerts are both quite useful for spotting traffic issues. If you can\'t find parking in the main lot, there are plenty of parking spots available in several immediately adjacent lots.

If you are running late, no worries. Come on in and train!


This Google calendar lists all martial arts classes and seminars currently scheduled for Arundel Aikikai. Classes are ongoing with open enrollment. There\'s no need to join a specific class or sign up for a period of time. Seminars are generally open to all active members / active members of other dojo.

We will be here working out and exploring Aikido - you\'re more than welcome to join in!

National Organization

Our dojo is a member of the Capital Aikikai.  headquartered at 923 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring MD.  To say I have enjoyed training and learning with them would be a drastic understatement. Use these posts to learn about who they are and where they are located. If you join our dojo or another one in the area, I certainly hope to have the chance to work out with you on their wide and welcoming mats!

Clyde Takeguchi Shihan is the founder and director of Capital Aikikai. Takeguchi Sensei is a shichidan — a seventh degree black belt — and a Hombu-certified shihan instructor. He began his study of aikido in 1958 in his native Hawaii. In addition to founding Capital Aikikai in 1973, Takeguchi sensei founded the aikido clubs in Madison, WI, and Charleston, SC. He has taught aikido at the police departments in Honolulu and Madison, as well as at the US Customs Academy in Washington, DC.

There are many additional skilled martial artists and martial arts instructors associated with Capital Aikikai. We do our best to have guest instructors as often as time and students allow.

International Organization

For folks new to Aikido, the Aikikai is the original Aikido association.  The Aikikai is headquartered (Hombu) in Japan.  On the Aikikai website, it notes: 

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.

The Aikikai is led by the doshu, the living relative of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, who is the Doshu writes

The Founder said it was more important to harmonize with people than to win by depending on power. Switching from ‘skills of fighting’ to ‘harmony’ is the purpose of training. Love is all “Ki (life energy)” based on “En No Ugoki (circle movement)”, “Irimi (entering)”, “DoChuSei (quietness in turmoil)” and “Chushin (immovable center)” to train our skills with each other. There is no conflict in this training. Aikido is “a way to absolute self-accomplishment.”  ... I will continue to strive and to cherish the spirit of harmony, eliminating the walls of country, race and religion, to make an effort to have this great Aikido appreciated by a great number of people. Also, I hope I will contribute to the society as much as possible through Aikido.